NGOs call on European Parliament to improve the EU-Solomon Islands Fisheries Agreement

The NGOs Coalition for Fair Fisheries Arrangments (CFFA), WWF and Greenpeace have circulated a joint statement to Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), setting out suggestions for a number of practical improvements that should be made to the Fisheries Partnership Agreement (FPA) between the Solomon Islands and the EU.

Their recommendations for improvements fall under five main headings: increased transparency, sustainability and equity of resource exploitation, coherence with development policy, integrating the regional dimension and the phasing out of subsidies.

The Solomon Islands FPA is the first to be discussed by the European Parliament under the new rules of the Lisbon Treaty, giving MEPs the right to adopt a Recommendation on the Council Decision. Although the FPA is already in effect, such a Recommendation could set out the Parliament’s expectations for the Agreement. The NGOs also suggest that a Recommendation could “set an important precedent for any future FPA negotiations and pave the way for better management of EU fleets, as the CFP reform takes shape”.

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